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  • Location:Santiago, Chile
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Pomaire Day Trip from Santiago

Visit the Chilean village of Pomaire, known for its artisan ceramic production, on a relaxing seven-hour day trip from Santiago. Find clay pots and cooking vessels in every shape and size imaginable as you stroll through this picturesque little town with your guide. Stop for lunch (own expense) and bargain shop for souvenirs among the stalls that line the sidewalk. You’ll learn about the centuries-old art of shaping, drying and decorating each earthenware piece, and the Chilean cuisine that makes Pomaire pottery famous!


  • 7-hour day trip to Pomaire from Santiago
  • Explore the ceramic-producing village of Pomaire with a local guide
  • Shop for handcrafted Pomaire pots and local souvenirs
  • Learn about the history and art of Pomaire pottery production
  • Round-trip hotel transport and bottled water included

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What You Can Expect

Pomaire Day Trip from Santiago

Explore Pomaire, a local artisan village

After 10am pickup by your guide from your hotel in Santiago, drive for about an hour to the quaint ceramic-producing village of Pomaire, famous for its cooking pots that contribute to so much of Chilean cuisine. When you reach Pomaire, follow your guide on foot down the town’s main street to find an abundance of locally owned shops.

Enjoy a relaxing time strolling amid the many street stalls and shops that sell all types of cooking vessels, from the classic olla (pot) to pitchers, water jars, plates, bowls and casserole dishes. Hear from your guide about the village, which has produced handcrafted earthenware pots for centuries – beginning with the first indigenous tribes that settled the area in the late 1500s and started working the local clay, which today’s artisans dig from a mountainside not far from town.

Learn how the inexpensive pots – used in the oven or directly over a flame – hold heat and contribute delicious flavors to any culinary dish. Halfway through your day trip, your guide will take your group to one of the many family-owned restaurants for an enticing traditional lunch (own expense). Enjoy such delights as fresh salad with tomatoes, palm hearts and avocado; casuela (traditional soup); parilla (barbecue); homemade empanadas and homemade bread. If you'd like, your guide will help you order traditional Chilean dishes like pastel del choclo (corn stew) or pastel del jaiba (crab stew).

After lunch, continue your search for pottery and other handcrafted Chilean souvenirs along the narrow sidewalks of Pomaire, where you’ll find artisan shops packed with everything from wind chimes and woven straw products to lapis lazuli jewelry and leather pieces. Your guide will help you find bargains such as a sombrero or poncho before taking your group back to Santiago, with drop-off at your hotel by 5pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

I wanted to make the most of a short stopover in Santiago, and to see something of the countryside I decided on the trip to Pomaire and was delighted with the choice. Suzanne and Tessa both accompanied on the trip, so with two lovely ladies looking after me and very comfortable transport, a great day was guaranteed. They were very informative in response to my non stop questions as I was keen to learn as much as possible about Chile with a future return trip in mind. The traditional pottery cottage industry and craft in the village was very interesting and the village itself had a special character with a range of crafts for sale. I bought a lovely throw rug. Lunch offered the opportunity to try local cuisine and Suzanne and Tessa gave me a complete overview of local dishes to help me make a choice. A great day and thoroughly recommended. I'll be back ..............

Athens Hootie
United States of America

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

Although this trip was interesting, I was surprised to find that the local artisans seem to all make the same stuff. They should learn to differentiate their craft, they should sign their craft and they should provide shipping. I would have bought many pieces if I were able to easily ship right from the stores. It was interesting to see the potter making the pieces by hand. We had an American girl as a tourguide in training, along with our Chilian guide. I have to admit, that although she was very nice, I would be disappointed to get an US American as a guide who hasn't grown up there knowing and living the customs. Also, be careful about the day you take your trip because many of the stores where closed the day we went Tuesday.

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